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Private Tour

The Very Best of London: Crown Jewels and Big Ben

Explore the best of London in this full-day itinerary of the city's most exceptional sights with a top-rated blue badge guide
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Things to know

Duration:

8 hrs

Suitable for:

Family, Friends, History Buffs

Private Tour:

You and our own professional guide. 100% exclusive

Tickets included:

  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets to the historic Tower of London
  • Tickets for a scenic Thames River Cruise

Type of tour:

Walking tour – no transport costs are included. Your guide will help you get around on the day.

Other inclusions:

  • Gratuities optional
    Customisable - simply ask us
  • A professional, private Blue Badge tour guide
Meeting points: Outside the entrance (big doorway) to the Hung, Drawn and Quartered pub at the east end of Great Tower Street.

What makes this tour special

 Experience a full-day tour of London's spectacular landmarks with a private and knowledgeable Blue Badge guide.

 Tower of London
 
 
Your guide will collect you from where you are staying and take you to a spectacular castle. Here you will discover the many stories of one of the oldest buildings in London, and experience where some of the greatest events in English history occurred. Best of all, you will be able to admire the stunning Crown Jewels which are kept here behind extensive security in the aptly-named Jewel House.

River Cruise and Lunch

On leaving the Tower you will travel to Westminster by scenic river cruise. Travelling by river is the most relaxing (and often most efficient) way of getting through the centre of the city. You'll pass under London and Waterloo Bridge, spy the London Eye and view Somerset House on your right-hand side. After docking at Westminster Pier under the watchful gaze of Big Ben, your guide will recommend a number of restaurants and eateries where you can have a quick or leisurely lunch.
 
 Westminster and Buckingham Palace
 
 
The second half of the day will be dedicated to walking around Westminster and taking in the grandeur of Buckingham Palace. 
 
 First, you will be guided around the outside of the Houses of Parliament, with a lengthy stop outside Big Ben, and learn about the political history of Parliament Square. This will be followed by an exhibition of the outside of Westminster Abbey and, if time permits, you will be able to go inside (entrance tickets not included). This is London’s royal church which has been the site of 38 coronations and was where the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton took place. Your guide will then take you on a walk up Whitehall to No. 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister's residence, ending up at Trafalgar Square.
 
 Finally, we will walk down to take in the view of Buckingham Palace and then up and down The Mall, where jubilant crowds have historically greeted news about the royal family in this scenic tree-lined avenue.

We built this tour because 
it invites travellers to explore London's sites with a Blue Badge guide, with plenty of space for adaptability and personal preferences! 

What you'll see

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace is the home of the Queen. One of London’s most popular attractions, it offers more than meets the eye.
Big Ben
The iconic Victorian clock tower of London, which has become a symbol of the city itself.
Downing Street
The home of some of the most important members of the British Government, including the Prime Minister himself.
Tower of London
One of England's first Norman castles, as well as its most feared prison and the home of the Crown Jewels.
Trafalgar Square
A beautiful historic square in the heart of London and one of the city's top tourist attractions.
Tower Bridge
London's iconic bridge across the River Thames, with two beautiful Victorian towers.
Westminster Abbey
One of London's oldest and most magnificent churches, with a long-standing connection to the royal family.
The Mall
London's royal avenue leading from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace.

FAQ

QWill there be other people on the tour or is it just us?
AAll of our tours are 100% private and exclusive, which means that it will just be you, your group and your guide on the tour.
Your tour will be completely tailored to your needs and we will make sure to find a guide that best suits your group.
QAre entrance tickets and transport included in the cost of the tour?
AIn the ‘Things to Know’ section at the top of this page you will find details of whatever entrance tickets and transport are included in the tour. If you have any questions about this, then you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWhat is your cancellation policy?
AOn tours cancelled more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are happy to offer our customers a full refund - minus a 5% credit card fee and the cost of any tickets that have been purchased.
For tours cancelled less than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time, we are unfortunately unable to offer refunds. If you would like to reschedule a tour, this is usually possible if we are given enough notice, but we cannot guarantee the same guide.
Changes made to bookings may be subject to rebooking fees to cover the cost of tickets purchased, transport, guide rescheduling and administration.
To cancel or change your booking, please contact us at or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QWho do I contact if I have any questions about this tour or if I want to make changes to my tour?
AAt Travel Curious, we provide a free concierge service to help you plan your time abroad and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about this tour or any other tours. We are normally able to customise or personalise tours to suit your needs.
Please do get in touch by either using the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, sending an email to or calling 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).
QAm I able to book more than one tour?
AAbsolutely, you can book as many tours as you like! You can add them to your cart by clicking the ‘Book Now’ button or you can get in touch and we can put together an itinerary for you. To get in touch, you can either use the chat button in the bottom right hand corner, send an email to or call 1-212-710-1322 (US) or +44 20 3009 2392 (UK).

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